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In his new collection of music writings, A Whore Just Like the Rest, Richard Meltzer calls his pals, the Dictators, a “comedy band.” But, according to Meltzer, they were “serious about their comedy.” And despite their artless posture and half-tongue-in-cheek solipsism, the twin guitar assault of Ross “the Boss” Funicello (who later joined metal gods Manowar) and Scott “Top Ten” Kempner produced some of the grandest riff-rock of the ’70s. Formed in upstate New York in 1973, the Dictators existed in a historical nether region between proto-punkers like the New York Dolls and the punk stuff that ascended to fame in ’77. That’s right, the Dictators were kicking up their beer-and-vomit blitzkrieg before Joey Ramone ever thought of shouting, “Hey ho, let’s go!” With Squatweiler at 9:30 p.m. At the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Brent Burton)